Category: Politics / April 22, 2013 4:09 PM EDT
The college student suspected in the deadly Boston Marathon bombings will not be treated as an enemy combatant in the legal process, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Monday (April 22).
"He will not be treated as an enemy combatant," Carney told reporters at a briefing. "We will prosecute this terrorist through our civilian system of justice. Under U.S. law, United States citizens cannot be tried in military commissions."
Federal prosecutors charged the surviving suspect with one count of using a weapon of mass destruction and one count of malicious destruction of property resulting in death, the Justice Department said.
The charges authorize penalties including death, life in prison or a term in prison for any number of years, the Justice Department said in a statement.
Tsarnaev, who was seriously injured in a firefight with police before his Friday arrest, was charged in his hospital bed earlier on Monday.
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